12:09 PM EST, Tue January 17, 2017
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Five Yankees prospects who should be non-roster spring training invites

Five Yankees prospects who should be non-roster spring training invites

My favorite part of spring training is always the part where we get to watch prospects play and figure out what to expect from some of the under-the-radar guys. For this reason, the non-roster invitees are very important to me. It’s like they somehow represent the everyman on the baseball field, even though many are either super skilled athletes or are working on a free agent contract for over $500,000 a year. Either way, speculating about who might make the cut is something I like to do every winter. At this point in the offseason, several teams have already announced who they are...
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Should the Yankees have waited for Jose Bautista?

Should the Yankees have waited for Jose Bautista?

The free agent market wasn’t as kind to Jose Bautista as he had hoped. By most indications, it appears that bat flip aficionado Jose Bautista will be returning to Toronto for the 2017 season, if not for longer after that. At 36, Bautista entered free agency hoping to score a massive payday. But like former teammate Edwin Encarnacion, he did not find the market to be as lucrative as he may have expected. Knowing that the current qualifying offer system is set to change this year may have scared potential suitors away, but in any case, the Bautista signing looks like a bargain. By his...
5 hours ago
Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/17/17

Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/17/17

Gary Sanchez kicks off Winter Warm-Up 2017 with some sandwiches; the Winter Warm-Up event could be due to lower attendance at Yankee Stadium; Chapman visits the White House with the Cubs yesterday; Yankees sign Ji-Man Choi to a minor league deal Around the Empire MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees’ week long Winter Warm-Up 2017 event is underway. This four day event starting with Gary Sanchez making and handing out sandwiches (Sanchwichez...nah) from the Bullpen Deli across the street from Yankee Stadium. He who is Gary also surprised a longtime season ticket holder at her home yesterday....
21 hours ago
What is the best-case scenario for the Yankees in 2017?

What is the best-case scenario for the Yankees in 2017?

Turn your answer into a fanpost. This year we’ve decided to make more of an effort to recognize the Pinstripe Alley community and give our readers more of a spotlight. In the past, we have occasionally featured fanposts on the front page, but we are looking to start doing so on a weekly basis. The idea is that we will provide readers with a weekly prompt or discussion topic and then readers will write their responses in the fanpost section. We will select one or more of the best fanposts to be featured on the front page on what we will call Fanpost Fridays. Here is this week’s...
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Sporcle quiz: Name a crazy number of Yankees

Sporcle quiz: Name a crazy number of Yankees

Just keep typing “Luis Sojo” over and over again. This is one of the stranger Yankees Sporcle quizzes I’ve seen. The concept is simple: Name the top 200 Yankees in pure games played between 1980 and 2010. It’s a real throwback and by the end, you’re just naming random Yankees left and right. Let us know how you did!
Jan 16, 2017
Rate stats may favor the Yankees, but playing time does not

Rate stats may favor the Yankees, but playing time does not

Even though the Yankees may seem to be competent on paper, the more important aspect is health. I’m a pretty optimistic fan as far as Yankees fans go. And honestly, how could I not be? The team has yet to perform below .500 since 1992, two years before I was even born. Even though we have seen a post-dynasty nadir from 2013 to the present, this only proves another point, that the Yankees can keep their heads above water even in what seems like their worst years in a generation. If that’s the case, then what does a turnaround look like? Paul Swydan of FanGraphs took a look at what this...
Jan 16, 2017
Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/16/17

Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/16/17

NYY may not avoid arbitration hearing with Betances; No urgency to talk extension with Tanaka; Five most intriguing Yanks in ‘17; Holliday’s dream of playing for NYY coming true FanRag Sports | John Perrotto: Friday was the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to agree to a deal in order to avoid a salary hearing. However, that may be unavoidable in the case of Dellin Betances and the Yankees. Betances started at $5 million, while the Yankees were at $3 million for the ace reliever’s services. It’s pretty ridiculous that the Yankees are fighting Betances on this, and...
Jan 15, 2017
Yankees January 2017 approval poll: GM Brian Cashman

Yankees January 2017 approval poll: GM Brian Cashman

Do you approve of the job Cashman has done over the offseason? Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in roughly a month, which means that we’re more than halfway through the offseason. It is a new year, and it is time to start a new Brian Cashman approval poll. In January of 2016, 69% of PSA readers approved of the job that Cashman was doing over the offseason, compared to 72% in January 2015. Despite a mediocre start to the year, Cashman ended 2016 on a high note with an approval rating of 81% at the end of September. Although the regular season is still several months away, it...
Jan 15, 2017
The final roster spot likely comes down to Tyler Austin or Rob Refnsyder

The final roster spot likely comes down to Tyler Austin or Rob Refnsyder

If Austin doesn’t win the first base job, he’ll compete with Refsnyder for the final roster spot Early last week, Brian Cashman was on the YES Network’s Yankees Hot Stove show with Jack Curry. On the show, Cashman told Curry that he was 99.9 percent sure he was done making moves for the offseason and the team would report to spring training as currently constructed. Even if he isn’t done making moves, it’s pretty safe to assume that any moves Cashman would make would be for a pitcher. Offensively, the Yankees are set. The Yankees will go into spring training letting Greg Bird and...
Jan 15, 2017
Should the Yankees look to extend Didi Gregorius?

Should the Yankees look to extend Didi Gregorius?

The Yankees have a decision to make regarding their shortstop. On Friday afternoon, the Yankees agreed to terms with most of their arbitration-eligible players. One of the notable contracts belongs to shortstop Didi Gregorius, who signed a one-year, $5.1 million deal. A Super Two player, Gregorius remains arbitration eligible through the 2019 season. Does it make sense for the Yankees to try to extend their shortstop? Gregorius received a $2.675 million raise this offseason. This makes sense considering he’s coming off of his best season to date. In 2016, he posted a .276/.304/.447...
Jan 15, 2017
The Yankees are running out of time to trade Brett Gardner

The Yankees are running out of time to trade Brett Gardner

The Yankees don’t have to trade their left fielder, but they must do so soon if they want to extract value. Earlier this week, Yankees GM Brian Cashman indicated that the team was likely done maneuvering this offseason. That might leave this winter feeling like a bit of an unsatisfying half-measure: the team didn’t commit to rebuilding, only once dealing a veteran for future value, but neither did they put the team in prime position for 2017, signing just two major league free agents who only pushed the team to the sixth-best projected record in the American League. Instead of further...
Jan 15, 2017
Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/15/17

Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/15/17

Jorge Posada’s Hall of Fame chances slightly illustrate an odd standard for catcher’s getting in; Matt Holliday is working on his hips this offseason; Gleyber Torres wants to hit his first major league home run off of King Felix Around the Empire SBNation | Grant Brisbee: The Hall of Fame votes are coming in and it looks more and more like former Yankee catcher Jorge Posada will fall off the ballot in his first appearance. While Posada was always potentially a candidate for the Hall of Very Good, Grant notes how the standards for catchers to be entered into the Hall of Fame is a bit...
Jan 14, 2017
The story of the Yankees’ historic offensive streak in 1930

The story of the Yankees’ historic offensive streak in 1930

The 1930 Yankees were good at hitting. In four straight games in May 1930, the Yankees scored 10 or more runs, setting a team record for consecutive games with 10 or more runs. The all-time baseball record was six, set the previous season by the Giants, and at that point, only seven teams had managed four or more straight games. That seems like it should have been a Yankees record that stood for a long time, but it wouldn’t last a month. On June 12, the Yankees played the second game of a three-game series in Detroit. Hall-of-famer Waite Hoyt got the start for the Tigers, and the Yankees...
Jan 14, 2017
The Yankees have the slowest rotation in baseball

The Yankees have the slowest rotation in baseball

Major League Baseball’s war on the pace of play has been ongoing for some time now. New measures have been implemented to make games move faster and take less time. The New York Yankees, however, don’t seem to really care. Since 2012, they have had the slowest starting rotation in the majors. 2016 was no different. How do I know this? According to a Fangraphs statistics known as Pace—a fun stat they developed to record the average time it takes a pitcher to throw the ball—the Yankees rotation has averaged 23 seconds between pitches over the last five years. This year, despite new...
Jan 14, 2017
Introducing the Yankees All-Out of Position Team

Introducing the Yankees All-Out of Position Team

At one time or another, we found a Yankee looking out of place in the field. Here is the weirdest starting lineup you’ll ever see Look, it’s mid-January. Brian Cashman has announced that his Yanks are all but finished in terms of offseason transactions, and spring training is still a month away. I need something to keep me busy, so let’s have some fun. What makes baseball so great is the possibility of seeing something incredibly bizarre and rare on any given night. The Yankees have had their share of oddities in the field, when players are forced to venture out of their comfort zones...